Mindful Unlearning in Unprecedented times: Implications for Management and Organizations

Mai Vu*, Loi Nguyen

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Crises trigger both learning and unlearning at both intra-organizational and inter-organizational levels. This article stresses the need to facilitate unlearning for effective crisis management and shows how we could use mindfulness practice to enhance unlearning and transformative learning in a crisis. This study proposes the conceptualization of mindful unlearning in crisis with different mechanisms to foster unlearning in three stages of crisis (pre-crisis, during-crisis, and post-crisis). These mechanisms include mindful awareness of impermanence and sensual processing (pre-crisis stage), mindful awareness of interdependence and right intention (crisis management stage), and mindful awareness of transiency and past experiences (post-crisis stage).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)797-817
Number of pages21
JournalManagement Learning
Issue number5
Early online date13 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022


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